My practice emphasizes probate and estate planning issues. I have handled dozens of probates and drafted hundreds of wills during my career. I understand the issues and the potential problems which may occur when an estate plan is put into operation. I have handled probates involving as little as $2,000.00, and as much as $5,000,000.00. I have also served as an executor in some probates, so I know from the inside the work an executor must perform to complete a probate.
I have been practicing with Zender Thurston since 1974. Prior to 1974, I worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, worked for a year as an associate with LeCocq, Simonarson & Durnan, and had my own private practice.
I now work at the law office parts of 4 days per week. My spare time is spent with my wife, children, grandchildren, and bees.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leadership Award||Whatcom County Volunteer Lawyer Program||1995|
|City Attorney||City of Lynden||1975 - 2001|
|Attorney||Birch Bay water & Sewer District||1974 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Whatcom County Bar Association||Past President||N/A|
|Whatcom County Volunteer Lawyer Program||Board Chairman||1993 - 1995|
|Whatcom County Volunteer Lawyer Program||Board Member||1987 - 1995|
|USDA vs. DeJong Packing Company||2-1 split decision in US 9th Circuit-lost|
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|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1966|
|University of Washington||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1963|
|Annual Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning||2011|
|Annual Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning||2010|
|Annual Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning||2009|
|Annual Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning||2008|
|Whatcom County Bar Ass'n CLE||Ethics of Probate and Estate Planning Law||2004|